I’m surprised that a wind farm is proposed for Mount Massaemet, about 3,000 feet from my house in Shelburne Falls. I raised my two daughters here and the historic fire tower and the High Ledges are part of what we call our home. Our friends and relatives love to visit, but the experience of the High Ledges will be pretty much destroyed if those eight 470-foot-tall wind turbines get built. The noise and vibration will affect me and my family down in the village, and we can only imagine what the affect on the birds and wildlife where the towers would be. The High Ledges was given to Audubon to protect. Imagine the disappointment of the donors if they were here to see that Audubon has not said a word about protecting the land that was entrusted to them.
If the Shelburne Zoning Board gives the OK, there really is no other permission needed for this to go forward. The ZBA should not give this permit unless the benefits to the town and the neighborhood outweigh the adverse effect of the proposed use. Given that everyone, including every bit of wildlife, in the vicinity of this monstrous project will be badly affected, the ZBA should say no to the applicant. But they can say yes, and it will get built.
The Shelburne Planning Board will meet Wednesday Nov. 9, 7 p.m. at Shelburne Town Hall for discussion. The ZBA public hearing will be Thursday Nov. 17, same time and place. You don’t have to be a Shelburne resident to speak. In fact, those living on the Buckland side of Shelburne Falls may be more affected than those in my neighborhood. Please stop this blight being perpetrated upon our town by showing up at these meetings, and speaking your mind.
FRANK ROZELLE Shelburne
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